LIVE: Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors
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Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
It’s a battle of Atlantic Division teams on the hardwood north of the border. The Philadelphia 76ers make the trip north of the border to face the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night. Philadelphia rolled over Miami 113-86 at home Saturday night in their last contest. Toronto held off Atlanta 119-116 on the road Friday night in their latest game. The Raptors own a 54-38 edge advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams and took three of the four meetings a season ago. That includes a 119-107 road victory in the most recent matchup on February 5, 2019.
Philadelphia 76ers Seek Fifth Straight WinPhiladelphia earned a fourth straight victory as they steamrolled Miami and wiped out the Heat’s five-game win streak Saturday night. The 76ers enter this one second in the Atlantic Division, half a game behind the Celtics and Raptors for the top spot. Philadelphia put this one away early as they jumped to a 26-6 edge in the first quarter and didn’t look back. The 76ers never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 41 en route to the one-sided victory. Philadelphia shot 50.6 percent from the field, including 14 of 29 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 44-38. Josh Richardson led the 76ers with 32 points in the win.
The 76ers are 16th in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 110.3 points per game on the year. Philadelphia is 7th by collecting 46.8 rebounds per contest while the team is fourth by dishing out 26.9 assists per game. The 76ers are 8th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 105.1 points per game this season. Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia with 22.8 points, 11.7 rebounds and three assists per game on the year. Tobias Harris puts up 18 points plus 7.6 boards a game, Ben Simmons adds 13.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 2.3 steals a night while Al Horford (14.7 points, 7.1 rebounds) along with Josh Richardson (16 points) are all off to strong starts this season. Furkan Korkmaz, Mike Scott and Raul Neto are key reserves for Brett Brown’s group. Philadelphia is tied for 5th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.4 percent from the field as a team on the year. The 76ers are tied for 20th in the league as they splash 10.7 triples a night while ranking 15th by shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc on the year.
Toronto Raptors Look to Stay HotToronto had a tough battle with Atlanta at home Friday night but managed to come up with the victory at home to make it three victories. The Raptors enter this one tied for first in the Atlantic Division with the Celtics, half a game ahead of Philadelphia. Toronto trailed by one after the opening quarter, by nine at the half and by three after three quarters. The Raptors opened the fourth quarter with a 15-4 run to go up eight and were up 12 with 1:59 to play before having to hold off a late charge by the Hawks. Toronto shot 45.5 percent from the field, including 13 of 37 from three-point range, and won the game at the free throw line. The Raptors hit 26 of 30 free throws while the Hawks were eight of 11. Pascal Siakam led Toronto with 34 points in the victory.
The Raptors are tied for 7th in the league in scoring offense with 113.7 points per game this season. Toronto is 10th in the league with 46.3 rebounds per contest and stands 9th in assists with 25.3 per game. The Raptors are 9th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 106.1 points per game. Pascal Siakam leads the team with 25.7 points plus 8.5 rebounds per contest. Kyle Lowry contributes 21.8 points plus 6.5 assists a game while Fred VanVleet puts up 18.1 points and 7.7 assists per contest. Serge Ibaka (14 points, 6.5 rebounds) and OG Anunoby (11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds) are both solid performers in the first month of the season. Toronto is 9th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.4 percent from the floor as a team. The Raptors are tied for third in threes per game this season as they have knocked down 14.3 triples per contest while the team is first in three-point shooting by hitting 39.8 percent of their chances from long range. Ibaka is doubtful with an ankle injury while Lowry is out as he recovers from a fractured thumb suffered November 9 against New Orleans: he is targeting a December 1 return.
This one is a battle of heavyweights from the Atlantic Division. Toronto has won three straight coming into this one while Philadelphia has won four straight games. These two teams battled in an epic seven-game series in the playoffs last season that was won on that four-bounce jumper by Kawhi Leonard at the buzzer. A couple of key pieces missing from that series, Jimmy Butler from Philadelphia and Leonard for Toronto, were big factors but there is a ton of talent still on both teams. Toronto is a perfect 6-0 at home on the year and that gives them the advantage in this contest.
This one is well worth the price of admission. Philadelphia has had their struggles on the road this season. The 76ers’ offense has stayed pretty much normal regardless of venue but their defense has slacked. Philadelphia allows only 97.9 points a game at home this season but that number jumps to 110.7 points per game on the road. Toronto has been lights out offensively at home this season, piling up an average of 121.3 points per game this year. Will the 76ers find a way to slow things down or will their lax defense get the better of them again here?
The over is 5-2 in the 76ers’ last seven on the road. Toronto has seen the over go 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 day of rest, 4-0 in their last four at home and 4-1 in their last five overall. While both teams are decent defensively, it’s hard to see them holding the other down too much. Look for this one to end up over the number behind big showings by guys like Embiid and Siakam.